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It is not reasonable to suppose that this singular series was wholly an arbitrary selection; on the contrary, it is more than probable that it was obtained in some way documenyo the use of the “13 series. If we com- mence with Kan and follow the order of these years as given in the calen- dar, the order of the cardinal points would then be east, north, west, south.

Madrid Codex (Maya)

After this they add to the end the compound part. Calakmul was one of the most important Classic period cities.

The num- bers here, so far as they can be made out, are 13,? Not one single fact can be detected in Seiior Perez’s text by which the long established assumption of a twenty years’ cycle has been disproved. In some places we OOP find such red numerals as this f 4apparently denoting 14, but a more o careful study of the plates on which these are found satisfies me that there are two numbers here, 13 and 1. If the first year of the grand cycle coincided with the first year of an Ahau, the position of these latter groups would be determined by simply dividing the former into grougs of 24 yeare, as shown in Table No.

Edward Herbert Thompson dredged the Cenote Sagrado from toa study of human remains taken from the Cenote Sagrado found that they had wounds consistent with human sacrifice.

Examples of the use of head-variant numerals with period, day,or month signs. Putnam Anniversary Volumepp.

An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs

They were ten or twelve yards long, and were gath- ered together in folds, like a palm leaf. Examples documentl the first method of numeration, used almost exclusively in the inscriptions. That the first year of a grand cycle was also the first year of an Ahau. The codex was discovered in Spain in the s; it was divided into two parts of differing sizes that were found in different locations.

Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala and its mainland is about km long and km wide. They also contain not infrequent references to the “writing” of the ancients, and what are alleged to be extracts from the old records, chiefly of a mystic character.

From Kingsborough’s work a few pages of the Codex have been from time to time republished in other books, which call for no special mention. Therefore 8 Ahau of the year 11 Kan is the 17th day of the second and also of fifteenth month. The day characters are found in the Manu- script substantially as given by this author, but appear to have been derived from an earlier age, and to have lost in part their original signification.


A feathered serpent sculpture at the base of one of the stairways of El Castillo. For reasons hereafter given I adopt the system which commences the cycle with 1 Cauac. Guatemala — With an estimated population of around Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. An analogy would be the following: Proceeding in the same way with the Ahau in the Kan, Muluc, and Ix columns, we obtain the seventeenth day of the month in the year 4 Dochmento, twelfth in 9 Muluc, and seventh in 1 Ix.

It troabo that it has always been in two unequal fragments, which all previous writers have attributed to an accidental injury to the original. My chief object, therefore, so far as the calendar is concerned, will be to settle if possible these disputed points; but will defer the discussion of these questions to a subsequent part of this paper, remarking only for the present that, accord- ing to all authorities, these Katunes were numbered maa follows, and in the order here given: Such a knowledge I do not claim; therefore, in this part of the work, the best I could do was to quote from the lexicons, as there given, such words as I found it necessary to refer to.

As before stated, an examination of this manuscript is sufficient to convince any one at all familiar with Landa’s characters that those here used are substantially the same, be their signification what it may. But so far as I have examined dates of this kind they do not appear to be necessarily associated with the day characters on yroano same page. XXXlil the leaves of the maguey plant, such as that in common use in Mexico.

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Commencing with the left-hand figure and reading to the right, the numbers given in may are 11, 13, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 1, 3, 5, 7; in the lower right-hand corner of page 73 we find the missing 9. I believe, indeed, that Dr. Belize listenformerly British Honduras, is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America. We found great numbers of books in these letters, but as they contained nothing that did not savor of superstition and dcoumento of the devil we burnt them all, at which the natives grieved most keenly and were greatly pained.

As it will be impossible for us to decide in reference to these supposi- tions until we can locate the Ahaues and determine their numbers, I will postpone further discussion of the point for the present, proceeding for the time being upon the only plan so far found mays with what is known of the Maya calendar.


Here we shall find the task more difficult, but it is necessary to determine this before we can proceed in our effort to fix the dates, which are given in great numbers in the Manuscript, and by means of which we hope to settle the disputed points in regard to the calendar.

In a graphic system composed largely of ideographic elements it is extremely difficult to determine the meanings of the different signs, since little or no help is to be derived from varying combinations of elements as in a phonetic system.

Mesoamerican chronology divides the history of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica into several periods: The chips of quartz, stone, and colored glass measure approx.

Table XIV commences with a Cauac year, and is of the usual form, as heretofore given. Bowditch, of Boston, Massachusetts, offer a conspicuous exception, particularly his final contribution to this subject, entitled “The Numeration, Calendar Systems, and Astronomical Knowledge of the Mayas,” the publication of which in marked the dawn of a new era in the study of the Maya hieroglyphic writing. This period, according to most authorities, consisted of twenty years, but accord- ing to Perez of twenty -four.

Hence the dictionaries are more sterile in this maa than we might have supposed.

This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat The method he adopts is the mathematical one employed in unriddling cryptography. When the conquest was an accompHshed fact and the priests had got the upper hand, the natives did not dare use their ancient characters.

In Maya the maguey is called ci, the varieties being distinguished by various prefixes. Examples include the Pueblan-Mexica style in pottery, codex illumination, and goldwork, the flourishing of Nahua poetry, arguably, the Post-Classic continued until the conquest of the last independent native state of Mesoamerica, Tayasal, in In other languages Add links.

As I am inclined to believe that the author of the manuscript adopted the system which had Cauac as the first day of the cycle, the first or left-hand column commences with this day, the others, Kan, Muluc, and Ix, following in the order in which they are found in the list of days.

We thus ascertain that 13 Ahau of the 13th month falls on the second day of the month in the year 6 Cauac.

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On his return from Yucatan in he visited Madrid, and found this Manuscript in the possession of Don Juan de Tro y Ortolano, professor of paleography, and himself a descendant of Hernan Cortes.

Cogolludo adds that in his time Solana’s MSS. Brinton in the Introduction, I will not go over documneto same ground here, but will confine myself to the special object in view, to wit: In the present memoir Mr.